Murder charges over alleged Karama stabbing incidents

by | May 28, 2021 | Cops | 0 comments

Two men are facing murder charges in relation to the alleged stabbing incidents in Karama on Wednesday night, NT Police have confirmed.

The incident in the troubled suburb saw a 20-year-old man killed after allegedly being stabbed multiple times and a 25-year-old woman taken to hospital in a serious but stable condition after suffering stab wounds to her stomach.

Police had canvassed the neighbourhood near the Karama shopping centre during investigations on Thursday.

This morning they announced the charges against Matthew and Peter Gardiner.

Matthew Gardiner, 26, was charged with murder and attempted murder for the alleged stabbing of the woman, while 20-year-old Peter Gardiner faces one count of murder.

The two men had been taken into custody yesterday for questioning. It’s understood both were on bail at the time of the alleged stabbings.

NT Police said they believe the 20-year-old man was standing with friends in the carpark of the shopping centre just before midnight when two men allegedly got out of a dark SUV and stabbed the man who then ran down the street.

Security assisted the man until St John Ambulance arrived but he later died in hospital.

The woman was allegedly stabbed later at a nearby residence.

Police said yesterday that one of the men now charged was found in Karama and the other in Winnellie where the vehicle was also found.

Both men appeared in Darwin Local Court and did not apply for bail and will remain in custody until at least their next hearing on July 21.

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